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The Unknowns of World War II and Korea; DA PAM 870-1/NAVPERS 15930/AF Pam 143-1-2/NAVMC 2510

Washington, DC: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1959. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. vii, [1], 71, [1] pages. Wraps. Frontis illustration. Illustrations. Appendix (numbers 1 - 7). Covers and some pages have wear and soiling. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument dedicated to U.S. service members who have died without their remains being identified. It is located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, United States of America. The World War I "Unknown" is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the Victoria Cross, and several other foreign nations' highest service awards. The U.S. Unknowns who were interred are also recipients of the Medal of Honor, presented by U.S. Presidents who presided over their funerals.[1][2][3] The monument has no officially designated name. On 30 May 1958 two symbolic Unknowns representing the unidentified dead of World War II and Korea were brought home to Arlington National Cemetery and entombed with solemn ceremonies near the Unknown Soldier of World War I. On August 3, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill to select and pay the tribute to the Unknowns of World War II and the Korean War. The selection ceremonies and the interment of these Unknowns took place in 1958. Two Unknowns from World War II, one from the European Theater and one from the Pacific Theater, were placed in identical caskets. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class William R. Charette, then the U.S. Navy's only active-duty Medal of Honor recipient who was an enlisted man, selected the World War II Unknown. Four unknown Americans who died in the Korean War were disinterred from the National Cemetery of the Pacific. Army Master Sergeant Ned Lyle made the final selection. Both caskets laid in the Capitol Rotunda until they were carried on caissons to Arlington National Cemetery. President Eisenhower awarded each the Medal of Honor, and the Unknowns of World War II and the Korean War were interred beside their World War I comrade. Condition: good.

Keywords: Unknown Soldier, War Dead, Arlington National Cemetery, Entombment, Lorimer Rich, Wilber Brucker, AMVETS, Memorial Day, Tomb of the Unknowns, Ned Lyle, William Charette

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